Monthly Archives: January 2011

Summer Program: Food Landscape in Florence

Food and Wine have always been closely linked to Italian Culture and Art! Savethe dates and join this program to discover and taste the great food and wines ofItaly. This is a culinary voyage which will include outstanding food writing andfood styling and food photography taught by an exceptional faculty. Tuscany is the regional focus of the trip. You’ll learn the cultural rules of foodconsumption, the comparison with the rules of music, dancing and poetry, the relationships between food and religion, gender, tradition, art, lifestyle. You’ll meet chefs, sommeliers and at the same time, you’ll experience the beautiful artworks and landscape of Tuscany!

Dates: July 16th through July 24th, 2011

Day 1:

– Arrival in Florence, students will be picked-up and escorted to hotel. Housing check-in. Welcome dinner.

Day 2:

– Orientation and Program Overview: “Food Landscape of Italy”

– Architectural Walking tour of the Renaissance Center of Florence and visit to the internal part of the Duomo and Baptistery.

Day 3:

– Lecture & Workshop – Regional cuisine, Tuscany and its summer specialties. The workshop will include an introduction to the food styling and plate design, will be followed and combined with the Food Photography class.

– The participant’s styled plates will be used to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography I: The basics of photography: camera settings (white balance, file quality, ISO speed, manual and automatic mode, lightmeter)

– Basic tips for lighting and food shooting. Artificial light: tungsten. Processing, presentation and print: photo editing and post production.

– Food Writing Workshop I: Regional Cuisine

Day 4:

– Visit to San Lorenzo Fresh Food Market, the central produce market where the reshest ingredients are available. The top floor houses all of the finest fresh fruits and vegetable, while the ground floor displays a variety of meats, fish, cheese and bread.

– Workshop on Food Photography II: Practical work with natural or artificial lightin a kitchen. Shooting the chef in action at GANZO (basics of portrait photography).

– Food Writing Workshop II: Gastronomy

Day 5:

– Lecture & Workshop: “Olive Oil in Tuscan Cuisine”, differences and usage of Olive Oil in the Culture and Diet.

– The workshop will include a food styling andplate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography III: Food styling. Tips, tricks and props to improve the shooting.

Day 6:

– Lecture and Workshop: Wines of Italy, an introduction to the art of pairing food and wine.


– Workshop on Food Photography III: An introduction to wine and spirits Photography.

– Food Writing Workshop III: Wine

Day 7:

– Lecture and Cooking Class

– Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean, exploration ofthe Italian cuisine as a part of the Mediterranean culinary culture. The workshop will include food styling and plate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Lecture and final review on Food Writing and Photography. An Introduction tographic layout.

Day 8:

– Field Trip to Casamonti and Farewell dinner

Day 9: Departure from Florence

Cost: USD $1.980

Accommodation: Hotel Option:USD 700-(Single Rooms supplement USD 370)

Program cost includes: Orientation session, Information/Orientation folder•, Educational excursions and transcripts•, Student Services, Extra curricular activities•, Lab fees•, Listed Visits (including entrance fees and reservation), Licensed Art History Guide and/or Program Coordinator/Professor escorting during visits and field trips, Transportation with Private Bus or Train during field trips (as listed on day by day program)•,  Airport Pick-up and upon Arrival and drop off on Departure•, Cell phones (outgoing calls will be charged individually)•, Free Internet Access in School facilities in Florence•, Free access to the Gym•, Meals listed in the day by day calendar, on field trip if listed and after the cooking classes, Special Dinners & Lunch.

To register and for more information:

www.StudyAbroadOpportunities.ning.com

info@businessprojects.us

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Sign Up to Study Abroad Opportunities

Sign up (FREE) to www.StudyAbroadOpportunities.ning.com and learn about a variety of short courses and academic opportunities in USA and overseas. Programs available in different fields and locations; full and partial scholarships available. Below please find some of the coming up programs:

Wine Studies

Cooking Classes

Language Courses

Art & Design Programs

Food Styling & Food Photography

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs  … amd much more!

 

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My Love for Cooking

I have always been passionate about Food and Wine, a beautiful table setting, hosting events, cookware and pretty much everything related to cooking and the dining world. Besides enjoying the act cooking, it is something which makes me feel closer to my family as it brings great memories of my childhood, time at home and my mom’s amazing cooking skills which I like to think she has passed on to me. Everything I know about cooking is thanks to her.

I have recently joined social networks and Facebook groups which are dedicated to Food and Wine, and I have participated actively most of all on the culinary ones. I have created recipes that decided to share and have been happily surprised with the feedback so I have committed myself to do it more frequent.

One of my recent creations is a salad which in honor of a delightful group of friends I have called, Epicure Salad. Baby spinach, strawberries, pecan nuts and vinaigrette that I describe as a silky smooth reduction of Balsamic vinegar with a raspberry touch.

For the recipe in English and Spanish please visit the Network where I have shared it step by step. You can also take a look at the recipe in Spanish in VinoGourmetbook and TVCocina , where it was featured.

 

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Win a set of Bandiola Spice products

Win a set of Bandiola Spice products and spice up your meals!

Enter by subscribing to my blog and your name will be added to the draw which will take place on Monday, February 28th 2011.

Please take a few moments to learn about what makes each of these unique blends the perfect compliment to your favorite recipes. Regardless of your preferred cooking method, Bandiola has an enhancement to make your creation that much more memorable.

Bandiola Spice uses only the finest ingredients and meets standards of taste and purity. Not a single Bandiola product contains any preservatives nor MSG.

To purchase Bandiola Spices take a look at the locations that are listed on the company’s website or email Michael Gochnour at mike@bandiolaspice.com.

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Sales at Diagonal Mar

 

From the 7th of January until the 6th of March visit

Diagonal Mar Shopping Center

and take advantage of current sales.

While in Barcelona, one of the most fascinating, cultural and attractive cities, there are so many things which you can do. Visit La Rambla, discover architectural sites, enjoy gourmet seafood,  dance your way at night  and do incredible shopping!

Located at the end of Diagonal Avenue at a short distance from the beach, Diagonal Mar is the most modern commercial center in Barcelona. It has over 250 stores, variety of service providers and amenities such a game and playing area for children, cinemas, cafes and restaurants.

The mall has become an attraction to locals and tourists as it is a venue where you will not only spend a pleasant time, but you will also find great shops and stores to meet your needs and have access to the latest in clothing and design, have a great meal in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Address : Avinguda Diagonal, 3 – 08019 – Barcelona, Spain

Opening hours : Monday to Saturday 10 to 21:30h

Metro: Metro: Maresme / Forum, Selva de Mar, Besós-Mar

Bus Lines: 7, 36, 41, 43, 141, N-6, N-8.

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